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5:30 AM ET, July 31, 2008

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YouTube Blog:
YouTube and Omnisio Join Forces  —  As you probably guessed, we're big fans of anything that lets people interact with online video and gives the YouTube community the chance to express themselves in creative ways.  New features such as Video Annotations, which allow you to insert comments …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Omnisio To Spice Up YouTube  —  Google has acquired Atherton, CA based startup Omnisio, the companies are announcing this afternoon.  Omnisio, which is a Y Combinator company, first demo'd to us in early March 2008, and it launched later that month.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Extend Reach With Venture-Capital Arm  —  Ex-Entrepreneur Hired To Assist in Setup; Brand-Name Advantage  —  Google Inc. is working on plans to start a venture-capital arm, according to several people briefed on the discussions.  —  The group will be lead by David Drummond …
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Report: Google developing VC arm  —  Google is revisiting efforts to create a venture capital arm, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal's Web site Wednesday night.  —  Google senior VP David Drummond is expected to lead the effort, according to people who were briefed on the discussions.
Live Search:
New home page helps you explore more on the Web  —  Today we're releasing an update to the Live Search home page that received positive feedback from customers in trials last month.  The new design features background images that will change frequently, augmented with what we call “hotspots.”
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Watchdog clears Google's street cameras  —  Google's controversial Street View service - which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online -can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.
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The Smoking Gun:
Google: “Complete Privacy Does Not Exist”  —  Defending “Street View” lawsuit, firm says trespasses to be expected  —  Arguing that technology has ensured that “complete privacy does not exist,” Google contends that a Pennsylvania family has no legal grounds to sue the search giant …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Google: No such thing as complete privacy
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple warns resellers of Mac and iPod drought, says load up now  —  With the first phase of the iPhone 3G launch in the rear view, Apple Inc. is now shifting much of its focus towards product refreshes targeting its two other revenue drivers and is advising resellers to be prepared for product shortages in the interim.
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse 2.0:
Scrabulous Relaunches Under A New Facebook App Name Called Wordscraper  —  Pulse 2.0 commenter, Adam Rinkleff pointed out that Scrabulous has relaunched into a new game called Wordscraper.  This news comes one day after the blogosphere reported that Scrabulous, an application created …
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
HOW BIG IS THE FREE ECONOMY?  —  Here's a question I get all the time: how big is the free economy?  That's harder to answer than you might think, for both definition and measurement reasons.  But here's a first past at doing it anyway.  —  (Note: I'm just using US figures below, unless marked otherwise)
Discussion: P2P Foundation and open
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
“The Mojave Experiment:” Bad Science, Bad Marketing  —  I guess I should first admit I hate the show Punk'd.  I mean, here's a guy who is famous for lying about his age so he seems hipper, telling us that his show's purpose it to deflate the big egos on other stars, and show them what truly matters in life.
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2.  —  This latest public beta, a free download, builds on VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1, adding the Unity 2.0 suite of Mac-Windows integration features …
Rachel Garb / The Official Google Blog:
More transparency in customized search results  —  As we continue to refine our search algorithms to deliver more relevant results, we strive to be as open as possible about how we use data to improve your search experience.  Today, we're rolling out a new feature in Google Web Search …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
JavaFX SDK preview launches: Can Sun play the RIA game?  —  Sun Microsystems on Thursday will launch the JavaFX preview release as it aims to round up its bevy of Java developers to be a player in rich Internet applications.  —  The preview release gives designers, web scripters and developers …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Does your house need a tail?  Sizing up customer-owned fiber  —  The really long tail  —  Last month, construction was completed on a pilot project that ran fiber optic cables to 400 homes in Ottawa.  Stringing fiber optic cables isn't a big deal by itself—Verizon has been running fiber …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google testing “AdSense for Games” in bid to shake up in-game advertising  —  Google is the sleeping giant when it comes to advertising in video games.  While the company dominates search advertising, it has yet to make a big splash in video games.  That could change soon …
 
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DigiTimes:
Asustek preps launch of Ultimate and Pro Fashion Eee PCs …
Discussion: Engadget
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
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Discussion: Slashdot
Caterina.net:
Joining Hunch  —  After hanging up my purple and yellow cleats …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers Think Locally for Online Ads
Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
Five Open Questions in Email
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Scrabble vs. Scrabulous: A lesson in copyright law
Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
The 10 Commandments of the Social Web
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Guy Who Hacked Into US Military Computers Overplays His Hand …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Why newspapers shouldn't die
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
How American Youth Will Screw Viacom
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Windows Mobile misses annual shipment target
eWeek:
Intel's Barrett Sees No Slowdown in World Desktop and Notebook Market
April Dembosky / City Room:
A Windows-Based Bar Exam Policy: No Macs Allowed
Discussion: TUAW and Macsimum News
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Bypass Gmail's Spam Filter
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Cuil: Why I'm trying to get off of the PR bandwagon...